Coronavirus has become a nightmare scenario for the world's travel industry. Israel is a small country, and maybe this recommendation doesn't matter much. But you can envision other countries making similar recommendations, with devastating consequences for travel brands.
Israel on Wednesday advised its citizens to reconsider all foreign travel amid the global spread of the new coronavirus that was first reported in China.
The Health Ministry also ordered people to avoid travel to Italy and said anyone returning from there would be required to enter home quarantine for 14 days. That rule will take effect on Sunday.
In a statement, the ministry said people should “consider the necessity of traveling abroad in general, in addition to the requirement for people to go into isolation (quarantine) when returning from certain countries.”
It also urged people to avoid international conferences.
Israel has reported two infections of the coronavirus, which causes a potentially fatal illness known as COVID-19. Both were passengers who were flown home and immediately placed in isolation after being on a cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan.
The outbreak has infected more than 80,000 people globally and killed more than 2,700.
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Photo credit: Israel asked its citizens to consider not flying abroad. Pictured is the country's main airport, in Tel Aviv. Israel Airports Authority